My goal as an artist is to arrest nature’s motion, involving viewers as deeply as I can. As I make my artwork, I leave behind traces of feelings associated with my experience of each scene; sharing my vision of beauty and grace expressed through color and form.

The experiences of life that I find to be of greatest value are those that rest in the basic and seemingly simplistic. Garden fragrances, nature's color and form, all outweigh for me the more contrived and materialistic of our life today.  I paint the landscapes, the feelings and the experiences that they create for me; the perceptions and sensations that collect as a result of a day at the shore, or under the shade of a live oak, or during weeks spent serving a residency at a National Park.  If these sensations communicate with the viewer through my work, their connection and purpose are complete.

 

- Patricia Rottino Cummins

 

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Patricia Rottino Cummins/Biography

Patricia Rottino Cummins exhibited her first pastel and oil paintings at the age of twelve, while studying art with Robert Barrell, a contemporary of George Bridgeman and others from The Art Students League of New York City. Continuing her adult studies at The City University of New York, she received a B.A. in Art Education from Queens College. In 1976, she relocated to Miami, where she attended Florida International University, receiving a M.S. in Art Education in 1979.

For thirty-five years Pat has been a fine arts instructor for Miami-Dade Public Schools. For thirteen of those years, she was an adjunct professor for Barry University’s Adrian School of Education. She was awarded specialist status from MDCPS as a result of her continuous postgraduate studies. She has been resident artist, and maintained a studio at ArtSouth, in Homestead, Florida for over ten years.

Her work has been exhibited in Florida at The Coral Gables Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Lowe Art Museum, Consulado General de Colombia, Coral Gables, F.I.U, Homestead City Hall, Broward College, Miami Dade College, and Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, Walt Disney World International Flower and Garden Festival, as well as across the country at various National Parks. Her work has also been exhibited internationally at Centre pour l’Art et la Culture, Aix-en-Provence, France,Tyrone Guthrie Center Annmakkering , Ireland, and Castel Del Piano, Tuscany. As an art educator she was awarded a Miami-Dade Public Schools Title V Innovative Teacher Grant, and was also awarded a Learning and Leadership Grant by the National Education Association Foundation to study art in China in 2006. Two Artist Enhancement Grants were awarded to her by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs to assist her with her travels and National Park residencies. Last summer The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded her a grant to study Archaeology at Crow Canyon, in Cortez Colorado. She was awarded a residency in 2011 at the Hermitage Artist Retreat, in Manasota Key , Florida. She is featured on the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden website video because of her active participation in The Fairchild Challenge, fostering her students interest in environmental studies. This March she will participate in her seventh exhibition at Art in the Garden Weekend, at Epcot Center, Walt Disney World.

Solo exhibitions and acquisitions include prestigious venues such as the Florida State Capitol Gallery, the Governor's Cabinet Meeting Room, Broward College, tem National Parks and at Broward and Miami Dade Colleges, Biscayne Nature Center and Fairchild Garden. Her work has been highlighted in many Art in Public Places programs including Hollywood City Hall, Boca Raton City Hall, Homestead City Hall, Marathon Government Center and Key West’s historic Gato Building. In 2010 the State of Florida Art in Public Buildings purchased her work. It is also included in private collections, such as Miami Dade College and Landstar Development Corporation. Three of her paintings are part of the State of Florida Art Collection.

Pat enjoys traveling and has painted on location in China, France, Italy, Ireland and Central America, as well as at home camping at various Florida State Parks. Landscape is her frequent inspiration, causing her to create plein air oil and pastel paintings while observing and rendering nature’s intricate color, form and natural beauty.

Her latest international venue was an invitation to participate in a summer 2012 residency at the prestigious Tyrone Guthrie Center in Ireland. Summer of 2013 she served her tenth residency at Acadia National Park. National Park paintings created at Big Cypress and Kenilworth will soon be displayed at the American Embassy in Niamey, Africa, loaned to The Department of State Art in Embassies Program for three years.